Mississippi Archery Association

2019 Mississippi Archery Association Handbook


All "Open" classes may use any bow, sight, release, stabilizer or equipment. Overdraws do not designate shoot class or shooting style. Sight type and/or stabilizer type is the determining factors for all non-open classes. Senior open money shooters must be 50 years and older. MS Archery Associaton reserves the right to review any equipment/accessories and determine its suitability for competition. The following equipment/acessories are prohibited in all classes: (1) BROADHEADS or any other point not intended for target use; (2) Retaining mechanisms which allow the bow to be mechanically held in the drawn position; (3) Crossbows; (4) Laser sights; (5) Devices or an outside agency (incuding stabilizer bar or prop stick) that allows the mass weight of the bow to be relieved from either arm while shooting.                                                                                                

Fun Class:

The fun class is for anyone who wants to shoot without competing with other shooters. No scores will be counted, nor any trophies or money will be given in this class. You can shoot any equipment that falls within the "Equipment rules" and you may shoot from any stake. 1st place will receive a free shoot for a future tournament at the range at which he/she won.


1. All tournaments will generally follow ASA rules; Certain MAA rules may                                                                                                                                                             2. Maximum Arrow speed:                                                                                                                                      Open money, Senior money, Open C, Traditional, Women's open & Young adult: 280 feet per second                                 Men's Bowhunter & Men's Bowhunter Novice: 280 feet per second                                  Men's Bowhunter open: NO SPEED LIMIT                                                                                       Women's Bowhunter: 260 feet per second                                                               Youth, Eagle & Jr. Eagle: 240 feet per second                                                                                                                                                                                              A 3% tolerance will be given to allow for differences in meters. Without notice, Mississippi  Archery Association reserves the right to check the speed of your equipment. Spot checks  are subject to be made on the shooting range. If your bow is above the allowed speed you will be disqualified.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3.Shooters are not allowed to compete in more than one class, (if the shooter chooses to shoot in  more than one class, only the class and score from the first round will be counted).                                                                                                                                                                                                           4. Archers will shoot in groups of no more than 5 shooters and no less than 3 shooters(Except for extreme circumstances).   5. One group shall not hold up the following group while looking fr lost arrows. Carry enough  arrows to continue,without spending excessive time looing for lost arrows.                                                                          6.A shooter has two minutes from the time he/she steps up to the stake to shoot the target.  7. A shoot must touch the stake while shooting, not doing so scores an X on that target.                     8. No shooter or group shall walk to the stake of the next target,until the group shooting that target  has moved to their next target.                                                                                   9. Once an arrow is shot the shooter should immediately move away from the stake so the next  shooter may shoot without being delayed.                                                                                                          10. Binoculars are legal at all shoots.                    11. Range finders are illegal and not allowed on range at any time at any shoot.                                                       12. Only one shot allowed at each target.                                                                                                    13. Eagle & Jr. Eagle shooters should shoot after the other shooters in the group have shot.            14. Beman or other arrows with points mounted on the outer side of the shaft, cannot be used.  (Due to the damage these arrows cause  to 3D targets).   15. No alcoholic beverages, or controlled substances, may be carried on or consumed on the  tournament grounds under penalty of diqualificaton. No shooter will be allowed to compete while  under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substances under penalty of disqualification.                                                                                                                                                            16. Making A Protest- The person protesting must in writing describe the nature of the protest and sign the protest. The protest must then be given to the tournament official or an officer of the MS Archery Association along with a $25.00 prtest fee. If the protest is found to be invalid the $25.00 goes to the MS Archery Association, otherwise it will be returned to the person protesting. (protest can only be made the day of the tournament, prior to the awarding of trophies).                                                  17. Spectators must not harass or disturb any shooter. Spectators should remain silent while a  shooter is a the  stake making a shot.        18. No one may use any type of device that aids in holding the bow in drawn position without the  archer using  physical strength to  hold the let-off weight of the bow.                                                                                                                                                   

Scoring Rules:

1. Arrows must remain in the target until all shooters have shot and the have been scored. If any arrow is removed before being scored, all shooters in the groupwill be disqualified. (If you are disqualified,that shoot will not count as one of the required shoots for the high points awards.)                                                                                                                      2. The arrow shaft must touch the line, to be scored the higher value. The status of any doubtful  arrows, must be determined before  drawing any arrow from the target. Such arrows may not be touched until a judgement has been made.     All members of the group  must agree on the scores,  before any arrows are removed. 3. Arrows passing through the face of the target but still remaining in the target, must be pushed  back and scored.        4. If any arrow hits another shooters arrow, the arrow being shot is shot where it lands.                         5. Any arrow embedded (A Robin Hood) in the nock of another arrow will be scored the same as the  arrow it struck.                                                                                                                                           6. A (miss, glance off or bounce out) is scored as an "X".               7. Arrows will be scored as follows:   12 Points, 10 Points, 8 Points, 5 Points & X (Miss, Pass through,  Glance off or Bounce out).             8. A dropped arrow is one that falls off while being transferred from the quiver to the string in  preparation for a shot, or which falls from the string during a controlled letdown. A dropped arrow may  be re-shot. Any arrow that is released by the string at any time is coutned as a shot and scored, unless it is announced that it is a controlled letdown. A controlled letdown, must be verbally announced prior to letting down. This can also be re-shot.                                                                                                                                                                            NOTE: Some targets may have a 12 ring in the center of the 10, if the arrow falls in this ring it is scored  as a 10.  Only the 12 ring  located in the lower back side of the 10 scores a 12.

Tie breakers:

In the event of a tie for first place in money class, a shoot-off will occur on the range to break the tie. Money shooters must be present to shoot off for first place. If not present...person present will be considered first place. The high score wins. If shooters are still tied, shooters will continue to shoot off until a winner is declared. In all other classes ties will be broken by the number of 12's, 10's, 8's, then 5's. If they are still tied the first points dropped on the range will decide the winner.(Anything less than a 12 is considered dropped points)

Score cards:

Two score cards will be kept. Turn in one signed by score keeper and yourself. If score card not tallied and verified by shooter to match score turned in will be posted.                                                                                                                                                                Each shooter is responsible for his/her score card being recorded by the tournament score keeper. You should verify with the tournament score keeper that your score has been recorded in th record book before leaving the tournament.